News Story

 

Investigators Arrest Two For Human Trafficking/Prostitution
11/4/2016 11:43:00 AM

 

Nature of Incident:

Human trafficking of a minor for the purpose of prostitution

 

Report Number:

16-161289

Location:

1600 Block of E. Daily Drive, Camarillo

 

Date & Time:

10/26/2016 @ Approximately 3:40 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail, Ventura County Sheriff's Special Crimes-Intelligence Unit, Camarillo Detective Bureau, Ventura County District Attorney's Office

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

(S-1) Jessica Lynn Stanley

(S-2) Robert Ryan McGraa

(V) Female Juvenile

Simi Valley

Thousand Oaks

Camarillo

26

35

15

Ventura County Sheriff's Office investigators received an anonymous tip alleging pimping, pandering and prostitution activity involving a minor at a Camarillo motel. The Camarillo Special Enforcement Detail and Ventura County Sheriff's Special Crimes-Intelligence Unit immediately began investigating the tipster's information, which was very limited in details. 

 

On October 26, 2016, the investigation ultimately confirmed an adult couple staying at the motel had been orchestrating a human trafficking operation involving a fifteen-year-old female victim out of one of the rooms. The couple was identified as twenty-six-year-old Jessica Lynn Stanley of Simi Valley and thirty-five-year-old Robert Ryan McGraa of Thousand Oaks. In order to facilitate this illicit activity, Stanley had posted several escort advertisements under an alias on various websites, such as Backpage.com.     

 

During a covert investigative operation, Stanley unwittingly communicated with a detective posing as a 'john.' During the conversation, Stanley explicitly offered to provide a fifteen-year-old girl for the specific purpose of prostitution. Stanley arranged for the encounter to take place at the Camarillo motel after the victim finished her day at school. However, Stanley would not provide the room number until the arrival of the 'john' at the agreed upon time. 

 

Once there was confirmation of the exact room number and there was relative certainty that the minor victim was present, a rescue team descended on the room with a search warrant. Investigators determined McGraa, who is also a registered sex offender, had transported the underage victim to the motel room shortly before the 'john' was scheduled to arrive.   

 

The victim was found on a bed unharmed and immediately escorted to safety by deputies. Services were later provided for the victim through the District Attorney's Office's Victim Advocacy program and Child Protective Services.

 

A subsequent search of the motel room and McGraa's vehicle revealed numerous items of evidentiary value to this investigation. As the investigation progressed, search warrants were also served at three additional locations in the county. The evidence seized indicated that Stanley and McGraa have engaged in this activity on several prior occasions involving the same underage victim.

 

Jessica Lynn Stanley and Robert Ryan McGraa were taken into custody at the motel and later booked without incident at the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility. Stanley was booked for the following: causing a minor to engage in commercial sex acts, pimping of a minor, and possession or control of child pornography. McGraa was booked for the following: human trafficking of a minor, pimping and pandering of a minor, and transportation of a minor under sixteen years old for prostitution.

 

On October 28, 2016, the District Attorney's Office reviewed this case and filed human trafficking of a minor charges against Stanley and McGraa. This is an on-going investigation as both remain in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail each.

 

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Sergeant John Gleason with the Camarillo Police Department's Special Enforcement Detail at (805) 388-5100.

 

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office encourages the public to report suspicious activity or suspected crimes in the community.  Often times early reporting by members of the community can be crucial to solving crimes and ensuring the safety of victims.

 

 

 

Prepared by:

John J. Gleason, Sergeant

 

News Release Date:

November 4, 2016

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Garo Kuredjian

(805) 797-6322

 

Approved by:

Captain Cory Rubright

 







 

Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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